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District 208 Board of Education 

 September 12, 2023

(Posted September 15, 2023)

The District 208 Board of Education held a regular meeting on September 12, 2023, at Riverside Brookfield High School. View the agenda here. The meeting video is uploaded on the MYRBTV YouTube Page.

Final Budget Fiscal Year 2024

The Board of Education approved the final budget for the 2024 fiscal year. The Tentative Budget was approved in June and has been adjusted throughout July and August based on the prior year's actuals and updates to support building-level projects and initiatives. The anticipated total revenues for FY 24 are $31,957,614, while total expenditures are projected to be $31,687,614. The budget can be accessed online.

Life Safety Items/Capital Improvements

The electronic sign on First Avenue that was damaged this summer has been replaced. 

The cafeteria/library HVAC Project is near completion; only a few punch-list items remain.  The new HVAC units are up and running. The new Coffee Bar for the student cafeteria is scheduled to open the week of October 1. 

Discussion / Information Item(s):

  • The Board continued its discussion on assisting RB students in identifying potential career pathways. An opportunity will be available for RB seniors interested in pursuing a career as a plumber to participate in a pre-apprenticeship class with the Plumbers Local 130 UA. RBHS is one of three high schools from the Des Plaines Valley Region Cooperative that will offer this opportunity to seniors. 
  • Individual Board members will be able to participate in a Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) event for school board members in October.  This training will provide the Board with a general background on DEI, which will help the school board support the DEI work already taking place in the district. 

Board Briefs

District 208 Board of Education 

 August 8, 2023

(Posted August 14, 2023)

The District 208 Board of Education held a regular meeting on August 8, 2023, at Riverside Brookfield High School. View the agenda here. The meeting video is uploaded on the MYRBTV YouTube Page.

District Goal(s) 

Dual Enrollment: This year, RB is piloting students attending dual enrollment classes during the school day at Triton College in Criminal Justice, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Welding. These students will earn high school and college credits. 
Plumbers Union Pre-Apprenticeship: The Board assisted in coordinating Dr. Skinkis and the Director from the Des Plaines Valley Regional Career & Technical Education Cooperative with the Plumbers Union 130 UA to offer a pre-apprenticeship class for students.  Students that join this class can be awarded five points towards their plumbing entrance exam. 

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Dr. Kevin Skinkis provided several updates, including: 

The cafeteria and library HVAC replacement project is almost complete; the District has started walkthroughs and punch lists with the contractors.  Construction on the coffee bar in the student cafeteria is complete. The next phase is equipment delivery and installation. The tentative opening date is mid September.  The Coordinator of PR and Community Engagement position that was identified through the community survey has been filled by Kiley Fletcher.

Principal’s Report

Principal Dr. Hector Freytas provided several updates, including:

Monday, August 14, is Staff Institute Day, and the first day for students is August 15th (late start schedule). Open House will be August 23, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Student Advisors to the Board of Education: The student advisors for the 2023-2024 school year are Joseph Kampschroeder and Kaylah Uribe-Alvarado.

Tentative Budget FY 24: The tentative budget continues to be available for public review on the District’s website. The final FY 24 Budget will be presented to the Board for approval at the September 12, 2023, Board of Education meeting.

Landscaping Project Bid: The District will update the landscaping along the front of the high school on Ridgewood Rd.  DLA Architects conducted reference checks on the three lowest bidders and recommended Allied Landscaping Corporation with a bid of $181,025. The project is scheduled to commence in September 2023.   

DLA MOU – Commercial Kitchen Lab: This Memorandum of Understanding with DLA Architects was approved to provide professional conceptual design services for the high school to review the implementation of a Commercial Kitchen Lab for the culinary arts classes.  Students can eventually earn dual credit for classes taken at RB by having a commercial kitchen. 

Following Closed Session - The Board authorized an increase in teaching sections for a choir teacher along with additional personnel matters.